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intr.v. muck·raked, muck·rak·ing, muck·rakes
To search for and expose misconduct in public life.

[From the man with the muckrake, tool for raking muck, who cannot look up to heaven because he is so obsessed with the muck of worldly profit, in Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.]

muck′rak′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.muckraker - one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
depreciator, detractor, disparager, knocker - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something


[ˈmʌkˌreɪkəʳ] N (pej) → escarbador(a) m/f de vidas ajenas
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More important to making "This Lightness" something more than a he said/she said muck-raking exercise is the artist's voiceover -- electronically modulated to sound suitably American.
And the visiting documentary team had every right to try to persuade Derby Road's residents to participate in their muck-raking little project.
Eventually commonsense will rule the day beyond the political muck-raking and false propositions of extreme Conservatism and its partner UKIP creating political confusion where none should be.
AM I alone in thinking that the orgy of muck-raking in the wake of Jeremy Thorpe's death was distasteful?
RACEHORSE trainer Charlie Brooks enlivened the long-running phonehacking trial in the Central Criminal Court in London yesterday with details of his muck-raking start in racing, his journalistic achievements, two published books and a few failed private enterprises.
They soon gave up on their muck-raking mission, though, he laughingly revealed, by the "fifth or sixth dog walk" -- a favourite pastime of the unaffected couple.
Stieg Larsson's muck-raking trilogy of corruption draws to a satisfactory conclusion with a series of vile threats and sticky ends - for the righteous and wicked alike.
Murdoch bought the Sun in 1969 and rapidly turned it into an irreverent, muck-raking tabloid, introducing topless models within a year.
Opinion polls show voters are deeply divided over whether the former French finance minister could return to politics after the muck-raking that has followed one of the most dramatic political downfalls in history.
Obama said Tuesday the documents shared by the muck-raking whistle-blower website WikiLeaks with the New York Times, Britain's The Guardian and Germany's Der Spiegel contained nothing new or surprising.
It's constant muck-raking from Labour MPs who won't live up to their responsibility in making a number of promises with money they didn't have," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.
Mr Clegg dismissed claims that ministers had been swayed by Mr Cook's lobbying as "absurd", adding: "It's constant muck-raking from Labour MPs who won't live up to their own responsibility in making a number of promises with money they didn't have.